Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Dana Schmidt. Interview conducted by Winter, Nancy at UCF Orlando, FL.


0:30 Early childhood; 1:37 Education prior to entering the Army - receiving his law degree; 2:05 Entering the Army; 2:40 Basic Training/ROTC Training; 5:30 First assignment at the Pentagon as Judge Advocate General's Corps; 6:32 Description of patent legal work; 9:00 How his work contributed to the war effort; 10:10 Describes the type of patents which are kept secret; 10:35 Describes purpose of patents; 11:20 How improvements to patents work; 11:56 Leaving the Army; 12:08 Post-Army work in private practice in Michigan; 12:48 Switch to corporate practice; 13:27 Describes work at Eastman Kodak and the patents he worked on; 14:42 Describes move to work at Johnson and Johnson; 15:10 The influence of his Army work on his civilian work; 15:38 How he feels about his service in the Army; 16:20 Called to Vietnam, but he work with JAG prevented him from going; 16:50 Advice for younger generations looking to join the military; 17:57 Reflection on his experience in the ROTC; 19:15 Discusses what it was like to work at the Pentagon during Vietnam War; 19:37 Why they were not allowed to wear their uniforms in DC every day; 20:08 Discusses physical training obligations while in DC; 20:56 Discusses physical training at Basic Training; 21:20 Discusses his ROTC experience on the Drill Team and how it helped him; 22:02 Discusses ROTC rifle competitions; 24:00 Discusses difference between those who competed and those who used rifles at funerals; 24:40 Closing of interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Washington (D.C.)





War or Conflict

Vietnam Era



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Judge Advocate Generals Corps

Highest Rank

Captain; CPT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Patent Attorney; Wrote patents for the Army


Married on 1963-02-02 with 2 children; Daughter Cynthia G. Schmidt, Esq. Director of the Center for Law and Policy at University of Central Florida; Granddaughter, Alex Schelle (daughter of Cynthia), Rotary Exchange Student in Encarnacion, Paraguay.

City of Birth

Washington DC

Country of Birth

United States


Winter, Nancy

Interview Date


Location of Interview

UCF Orlando, FL


Schmidt, Dana M.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Length of Interview

25 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type